Review: Once Ghosted, Twice Shy (Reluctant Royals #2.5) by Alyssa Cole

Once Ghosted Twice ShyThough the initial attraction I had to the Reluctant Royals series was the royalty aspect, I quickly fell in love with Cole’s writing and amazing characters. Even though no royals even appear onscreen in this supplemental novella, the story still packed an amazing combination of love and heartbreak into a limited number of pages.

The intertwining timelines of Likotsi and Fabiola’s first and second meetings told the story in an intriguing manner. I generally dislike when point-of-view characters hide information from the reader, but Cole chooses her reveal moments perfectly, and to great affect.

Everyone deserves a happy ending, not just those who wear the crown. Continue reading

Review: A Duke by Default (Reluctant Royals #2) by Alyssa Cole

Duke by DefaultSaying that I didn’t like this book as much as the previous in the series does a disservice to this book, because I still enjoyed it thoroughly. This is completely subjective reasoning on my part, because I did not connect with this heroine as much.  She’s a rich trust fund kid, even though she struggles with previously unaddressed behavioral and mental health issues. I wish that had been more of a plot point, rather than something mentioned and not delved into because more time needed to be spent on the relationship arc. But this is a romance novel, after all. Continue reading

Review: A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals #1) by Alyssa Cole

Princess in TheoryI picked up the first book in this series because a later installment features a woman in a wheelchair on the cover, and I am all about supporting representation in books. The fact that this book has two characters of color on the cover, which is a rarity for a romance novel by a major publisher not shuffled off to some “ethnic” imprint, sealed the deal for my interest in supporting this series. And I’m so glad that I did, because I ADORED this book. Continue reading